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They are but stones which we have made into God. Sivavakkiyar, one of the prominent Siddhars iconoclastic rebelsis known for his fiery denunciation of idol worship. Rightly, the Siddhars were considered heretical by the society. When a clay sifdhar falls and breaks, people still save the shards saying it might be useful some day. He who was at the beginning, is one.

When a bronze vessel falls and is dented, they save it carefully for the future. What is this thing called you and that is called me? This poem is thought to have been written by the second one, from 14th Century. Eric Alagan on Silappathikaaram — Vanji…. pada,gal

In this poem he asks which of these stones is God? Sivavakkiyar is ruthless when tackling the issue of caste.

But when this human body falls and dies, they immediately discard it saying it smells. Old Tamil Poetry on Thirukkural — In this poem he asks is there any marking in bones and flesh of a woman to show whether she is a Paraiah or a Brahmin? In this poems he mocks those who worship idols. I am always worried about interpreting theological verses especially Siddhar songs as I do not know much of the philosophy behind these. There have been atleast 3 people named Pattinathaar, living in 10th, 14th and 17th centuries.


What is that thing between us two. Siddhar Sivavakkiyar, dated to around 10th Century CE was one of the leading rebel poets in Tamil literature.

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So are the idols we worship. He is said to have lived around 10th Century AD. Posted in Siddhar Songs and tagged ;adalgal. Sivavakkiyar, in this verse, curses those who try to split people padlagal the name of God. A set of soulful poems sung by Pattinathaar the first while cremating his mother is still recited by some communities during cremation. He says find God within you and not in these temples and tanks.

Siddhar songs are written in simple words but no commentary is available. In this poem Sivavakkiyar talks about impermanence of material aspects of life.

It padalgwl not be worth even the price of a begging bowl. Jayachandran on Kambaramayanam — tsmil There is no difference between these stones as they are from the same rock.

Their main idea was one had to find God within oneself and not rely on temples and rituals. But interpretation might vary. One part of it is laid at the entrance and another worshiped as deity. The answer is the name of Rama, who is everything in this world.

Paraichi and a Panathi differ in your mind alone.


What are holy tanks? In sjddhar verses he chides those who go to temples and sacred tanks for salvation. Are there two Gods, yours and mine?

Siddhars were iconoclastic rebels whose thoughts were against the organised Vedic religion. Human beings spend their time building houses, offering sacrifices to God and pxdalgal surrounded by near and dear ones thinking it is forever. All their poems are clubbed together as Pattinathaar Paadal in texts. In these two verses he mocks the Vedic priests who abhor meat.

The poems range from self flagellations to pleading to Lord Shiva. Siva Gamil of 10th Century is a well known Siddhar amongst them all. Because we think our paunch is ours. Siddhar Sivavakkiyar, dated to around 10th Century CE? Posted in Siddhar Songs and tagged Sivavakkiyar. This iconoclasm is the leit motif of his poems.

I have not been able to conclusively decide which one of the three wrote the above poem. However they are an important strand of Tamil society that accommodated differing view points. So God is not in these stones, but in your heart.